|Talk among the dragonflies and dalmations: an investigation of communicative competence in a pre-kindergarten classroom: a dissertation - Goldberg, Lauren Foley|
A year-long ethnographic study of young children's language was conducted in a pre-kindergarten classroom. The investigation focused on the teachers' direct instruction and the children's emerging communicative competence in the rules and structure of group conversation. The class "Morning Meeting" was recorded once or twice a week for the entire year; a subset of these recordings formed the data set for the analysis...
Keywords: Children -- Language -- Research
Downloads: 333 (1 review)
|Process of implementing health-promoting schools in Zhejiang Province, China: a dissertation - Aldinger, Carmen E.|
This study describes in detail the processes, interventions, challenges, and self-reported changes associated with implementing the Health-Promoting Schools (HPS) project in Zhejiang Province, China. It is a descriptive study, based on a case study model, using illustrative examples from nine schools. -- Abstract
Keywords: School management and organization -- China
|Media literacy education: personal and professional change: a dissertation - Johnson, Lesley L.|
This study investigates media literacy education and professional change.
Keywords: Audio-visual education
|Teacher supervision and reflectivity: a relational and interactional process: a dissertation - Stanley, Claire M.|
This dissertation examines teacher supervision and reflectivity.
Keywords: Teachers -- Training of; Reflection (Philosophy)
|Teaching for the aesthetic experience: a dissertation - Black, Margaret G.|
This study answered the question, "How to teach for the Aesthetic Experience in the visual arts?" Six women art educators served as study participants. The researcher identified five components of aesthetic experience: perception, cognition, imagination, emotion, and discovery. Informed by theories of conversational teaching methods, aesthetic development, and adult development, the researcher designed and executed a qualitative case study that incorporated all five components...
Keywords: Arts -- Study and teaching (Higher)
|Case study of assessment in a high school classroom: the impact of changes in assessment on curriculum, instruction, teachers, and students: a dissertation - Brady, Deborah A.|
This study examined the impact of changes in assessment on curriculum, instruction, teachers, and students. The study describes the complex, developmental process by which a particular course, teachers, and a class evolved, articulated goals and standards, and assessed their learning. My co-teacher and I used a variety of assessments: conferences, peer review, reflections, portfolios, group projects, and presentations in addition to traditional tests and quizzes...
Keywords: Curriculum evaluation
|Influences on professional learning: five teachers' stories: a dissertation - Sterling, Mary Lincoln|
The purpose of this study was to identify and understand changes that endured in teachers' knowledge and practice after participation in professional development. Case studies were conducted with five teachers who completed a common professional development course in pedagogy... --Abstract
Keywords: Teachers -- In-service training -- United States -- Case studies
|Authority, leadership, and peacemaking: the role of the Diasporas: a pilot study of a group relations conference - Wallach, Tracy|
Research suggests that conflicts are much more likely to re-ignite in societies which have large Diaspora communities in the United States. This study examines the role of American Jewish, Arab, and other Middle Eastern Diaspora communities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and addresses the generally neglected role of trauma and emotions in perpetuating conflict. The project employed group relations conference methodology to conduct the inquiry...
Keywords: Diaspora; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Group relations; Peace; Leadership; Trauma; Reconciliation
|Information literacy: an issue of equity for new majority students: a dissertation - Jackman, Lana Webb|
Educating over 49% of those who attend higher education, public colleges and universities must assume a more dynamic leadership role during this societal transformation if New Majority students are to develop the intellectual skills required to compete effectively in today's marketplace. By adopting an information literacy culture, public higher education can foster the intellectual empowerment needed by New Majority students to evolve into competent life-long learners and contributors to Americ...
Keywords: Educational equalization; Computer literacy
|Identity formation and collaborative inquiry in the zone of proximal development: eighth grade ESL students doing research - a teacher research study: a dissertation - Bearse, Carol Irene|
This study is an ethnographic investigation of a Grade Eight ESL IV class conducting research with topics of their own choosing from October, 2001 through May, 2002. This investigation is conceived as a qualitative teacher-research study: an ethnographic examination of collaborative inquiry in the ESL classroom setting where the majority of the students are Brazilian. --Abstract
Keywords: English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers -- Psychologial aspects
|Essence of cultural competence: listening to the voices of occupational therapy students: a dissertation - Black, Roxie M.|
This study examines the perceptions and meaning of cultural competence and culturally competent care as described by occupational therapy students in their final year of occupational therapy education. The purpose is to determine whether students who have received education that included diversity and multicultural content see themselves as developing cultural competence. --Abstract
Keywords: Occupational therapy -- Study and teaching (Higher)
|Mentoring college students with learning disabilities: a case study: a dissertation - Pennini, Susan Wilmot|
This qualitative case study investigates the nature and role of a college mentor in facilitating the metacognitive development of college students with learning disabilities (LD). The researcher used three primary sources to triangulate the data for the inquiry: individual interviews with a mentor of college students with LD and three of her students; observations of sessions between the mentor and her students; and, documents from student files...
Keywords: Learning disabled -- Education (Higher) -- Case studies
|Characteristics of learners enrolled in advanced level courses in Hebrew, Chinese, and Japanese at Brandeis University: a dissertation - Ringvald, Vardit|
Researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in the field of foreign language study in higher education in the United States are familiar with the phenomenon of declining numbers among learners in advanced foreign language courses… This study offers new direction in understanding the dropout phenomenon. Its goal is to examine the characteristics of learners at the advanced level as a means to explain and understand their motivation to pursue advanced language with the hope that these findings...
Keywords: Language and languages -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Psychological aspects
|Program evaluation research study on the implementation of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program in a public high school: a dissertation - Beardall, Nancy G.|
The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program is the subject of this research study. MVP is a high school leadership and mentoring program that focuses on promoting gender respect and preventing harassment, sexual harassment and teen dating abuse in middle schools and high schools. --Abstract
Keywords: Mentoring in education -- United States
|Teacher transformations: a phenomenological study on the effect of Courage to Teach on experienced teachers' growth and development: a dissertation - Nollet, Kathleen M.|
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a professional development experience on ten experienced teachers who participated as a cohort in Courage to Teach. Courage to Teach, founded by Parker Palmer, is a program of quarterly retreats that foster personal and professional renewal for teachers. The program focused on renewal through deep reflection that helps teachers to investigate the inner and outer landscapes of their lives...
Keywords: Teachers--In-service training; Teachers; Teachers--United States--Psychology; Courage to Teach; Professional development
|Investigation of the relationship between middle school science teachers' knowledge and beliefs regarding the coherence and connections among science concepts and their classroom practices: a dissertation - Eberle, Francis|
This phenomenological investigation used an inductive qualitative research approach with multiple instruments and processes including a survey, interviews, classroom observations, concept maps, and classroom materials for data. The results suggest that middle school science teachers' ability to teach science in a connected and coherent fashion may be tied to their mental schema for organizing science ideas, curriculum materials, and their reflections on what they are teaching and why...
Keywords: Science -- Study and teaching (Middle school) -- Case studies
|Integrating contemplative practice into the undergraduate pursuit of finding and following an intuitive call - Wall, Jan W.|
The purpose of this study was to investigate the integration of contemplative practice into higher education. The intention of such integration would be to facilitate a students ability to hear and follow an intuitive call. Intuition was defined as an immediate, unmediated or tacit way of knowing; calls or callings as inner directives towards meaningful life pursuits. Intuition and calls were seen as overlapping and interchangeable terms...
Keywords: Holistic education; Contemplation; Higher education; Education, Higher--Philosophy; Vocation; Contemplative practice; Calls; Developmental readiness; Disorienting dilemma; Heuristic research; Intuition; Tacit knowledge; Undergraduates
|Text and texture: an arts-based exploration of transformation in adult learning - Larsen, Enid E.|
This research explored the transformational and co-transformational potential of collage, assemblage and mixed media in an accelerated undergraduate adult course on imagination and creativity. The methods were qualitative and arts-based artist-teacher inquiry within a constructivist art class for ten, female adult learners. Informed by the researcher's living inquiry through visual auto-ethnography, a collagist methodology shaped the research, including syllabus construction, course delivery and...
Keywords: Adult learning; Adult education; Art study and teaching; Collage; Mixed media; Assemblage; Creative thinking; Adult learners; Psychology; Self-actualization (Psychology); Motivation in education
|Study of the effects of Peaceable Schools curricula on student achievement in an urban middle school - Nurenberg, David|
Given that a review of the available literature suggests links between the problems of school safety (both physical and emotional) and low student achievement, effective school reform needs to address both issues simultaneously. Most education reformers, though doubtless concerned about safety, have, in the wake of the outcomes-based movement in American education, focused mainly on raising student test scores through increasingly standardizing school structures...
Keywords: Education--Philosophy of; Education--Curriclum and instruction; Achievement; Conflict resolution; Nonviolence; Social constructivism; Peaceable schools; Peace studies
|Care, culture, and education nursing students' perceptions of care and culture: implications for practice - Wright, Pauline Rita|
Today's nurses work and live in a multicultural society where they encounter patients whose backgrounds are different from theirs, and who need care from nurses who are both proficient in their work and knowledgeable about the role that culture plays in patient treatment. In this study, 45 student nurses enrolled in a baccalaureate program at a northeastern urban college completed a survey about their perceptions of care and culture including their relevance and application to the practice of nu...
Keywords: Health sciences; Nursing; Intercultural communication; Nursing education; Student nurses; Nursing practice
|Bridging connections between teachers' racial identities and their teaching practices: a dissertation in educational studies - Barnes, Sandras M.|
The purpose of this study was to examine how three Black female teachers and three White female teachers of kindergarten, first grade, and eighth grade understand the connections between their racial identity and their teaching practices… -- Abstract
Keywords: African American teachers -- United States -- Attitudes
|Role of the arts toward healing trauma and building reslience in the Palestinian community - AI-Ajarma, Yousef|
This study has investigated the sources of resilience in a sample of Palestinians who experienced the first Intifada and are now studying in the United States. The study found that family and community support, the pursuit of an education, and participation in artistic activities all contribute to individual resilience among Palestinians. In addition, political awareness and activity are another source of resilience, because they help individuals living under Occupation to find meaning in their ...
Keywords: Expressive arts therapy; Resilience; Trauma; Palestinian Arabs; Arab-Israeli Conflict
|Hearing whiteness, seeing race: women leaders give visibility to their White identity: a dissertation - Moritz, Ann|
This study investigates what it means for women leaders to identify as White. The purpose is to examine a sense of racial identity and how that identity affects a sense of self as a leader. Twelve women answered questions from a designed interview protocol in two settings that occurred approximately four weeks apart. --Abstract
Keywords: Whites -- Race identity -- United States -- Research
|Exile, identity, and artistic creation: an arts based phenomenological study with immigrant women: a dissertation - Heller, Vera|
This arts based phenomenological study with immigrant women explores the migratory and creative processes from the perspective of the Hero's archetype, viewed by Jung as a template for individuation. Its objective is to gain further insight into the contribution of art therapy to healing the fragmentation of identity inherent in the transition between two - often radically different - cultures. --Abstract
Keywords: Arts -- Therapeutic use -- Research; Women immigrants -- Cross-cultural studies
|Narrating gender: children's responses to gender roles and depicted in orally told folk tales and other traditional stories: a dissertation - Mello, Robin Ann|
This qualitative investigation was based on grounded and feminist methodology and examined the reactions, of ten fourth grade students, to the gender roles depicted in orally told folk tales. Data consisted of surveys, writing samples, and interviews, collected in both mixed and single gender groups. These data were then transcribed and analyzed using open and axial coding procedures. --Abstract
Keywords: Sex role -- Folklore
|Gender and leadership: men and women's stories: a dissertation - Karanian, Barbara A.|
This study investigates gender and leadership.
Keywords: Sex differences (Psychology) -- Case studies; Leadership -- Psychological aspects
|Home environment factors influencing literacy development: a group of Brazilian immigrant Head Start children: a dissertation - Switzer, Sharon C.|
This dissertation examines the literacy practices embedded in the home environment of a group of 5 Brazilian Head Start children. It elucidates the difficulties and challenges of immigration that influenced their home environments and describes the literacy practices embedded within these home environments. --Abstract
Keywords: Head Start programs -- United States; Reading -- Parent participation
|Pre-verbal trauma, dissociation and the healing process: a dissertation - Scotten, Dorothy Dreier|
This qualitative research study examines some of the ways in which the healing process takes place in adults who have experienced dissociation, and who have most likely been psycholigically traumatized before full language development. --Abstract
Keywords: Psychic trauma in children; Dissociative disorders
|Professional beliefs and the conditions that support integrated curriculum in a New England middle school : a dissertation - Davis, Cheryl Lynn|
The purpose of this investigation was to identify the professional beliefs of middle level educators who integrate the curriculum and the conditions that support the implementation of curriculum integration. Ten middle level teachers who represented two interdisciplinary teams participated in the study. --Abstract
Keywords: Middle schools -- New England -- Curricula -- Research
|Right of way: ethical decision making of selected elementary school principals: a dissertation - Dechiara, Jennifer|
The purpose of this study was to explore and describe individual principals' experiences of ethical decision-making in a complex era. I presumed that most school principals would have a vivid menory of an experience when they were forced to make a "tough decision" - one that challenged them to take a position in spite of competing and deeply felt moral values. Ethical dliemma, in this case, was the term used to describe an event which calls for a decision to be made when moral values or ethical ...
Keywords: School principals -- Professional ethics -- Research
|Politics of art education in the public schools: a dissertation - Campbell, Wendy|
In this study, I examine why the subject of art has been marginalized in the public schools. I also suggest a way to remedy the situation. My analysis concerning why art has been marginalized comes from an integration of insights from three discourses: feminism, postmodernism, and the perspective implied by the literature of the recovery community. Writers in all three discourses suggest that the world view of the dominant culture is based on a separation between self and other and between thoug...
Keywords: Art -- Study and teaching -- United States
|Sustainable results in urban middle schools: how principals use systems thinking to lead effective change: a dissertation - Burke, Peggy H.|
This study presents the stories of four urban middle school principals engaged in reform that is grounded on the core principle that every early adolescent has the capacity for high-level intellectual development. Data collected over two years through formal interviews and informal conversations with principals and teachers, school and district surveys and reports, student test data, and personal observations were analyzed from a systems thinking theoretcial framework to assess each principal's ...
Keywords: Middle school principals -- United States -- Attitudes
|Taking charge: second graders negotiate ownership of their expressive writing: a dissertation - Fleming, Susan Douglas|
This study investigates second graders ownership of their expressive writing.
Keywords: Children -- Writing -- Psychological aspects
|Effects of an interactive, literacy-rich environment on the social, language, cognitive, and literacy development of young children with and without special needs: a dissertation - Canelli, Jeanne M.|
The purpose of this study is twofold: to identify play and literacy practices that are useful in an inclusive early childhood classroom and to demonstrate how these practices contribute to the development of children with and without disabilities. Play and literacy teaching practices are documented in this study of four preschool children. Two of the children have typical development patterns and two have mild to moderate special needs...
Keywords: Play environments
|Encounter theatre as a means of social change and empowerment: a dissertation - Coleman II, David D.|
Encounter Theatre as a Means of Social Change and Empowerment is an analysis of the principles and application procedures for the use of Participatory Theatre (a form of interactive theatre), that is conceived, developed, and produced as an educational and therapeutic tool in addressing social, cultural, and political issues in varying communities. --Abstract
Keywords: Theater and society -- United States
|Parents perceptions about an early childhood program: analysis of parents focus group discussions - Zakarian, Natalie Ann|
This study focuses on identifying the primary concerns parents have at school entry for their children. The investigation is a qualitative analysis of data derived from a series of ten parent focus group sessions conducted in a large northeastern school district. The ten sessions were conducted over a period of four months for a total of twenty hours of data. Regular members of the focus group included four parents who had 4 and 5 year old children in an early childhood literacy program, a volun...
Keywords: Parent and child; Early childhood education; Language arts (Preschool)
|Brief relational mathematics counseling as an approach to mathematics academic support of college students taking introductory courses: a dissertation - Knowles, Jillian M.|
Traditional approaches to college mathematics support focus on cognitive aspects of the student's approach and only incidentally address affective problems such as mathematics and testing anxiety. Because such affective conditions may be symptoms of underlying relational problems rooted in a student's learning history, I proposed a brief relational mathematics counseling approach that integrates cognitive constructivist mathematics tutoring into a brief relational conflict counseling framework...
Keywords: Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Higher)
|Shaking it up: challenging veteran teachers to change: a dissertation - Lang, Eveyln Baker|
[The] research, conducted at a 600 student middle school, explored the conditions and factors needed by veteran teachers to learn about and implement educational change, either mandated or teacher-initiated. Qualitative research methods used include in-depth interviews of veteran teachers and observations in classrooms, cluster meetings and professional development workshops... The veteran teachers studied were stimulated by change, regularly sought ways to improve, aspired to teach their studen...
Keywords: Teachers -- In-service training
|Oasis from learn-to-earn :adult, working-class, liberal arts graduates make meaning of their learning careers at Harvard: a dissertation - Spreadbury, Suzanne C.|
The purpose of this study was to learn from 18 adult students, all of whom grew-up working class and many of whom were living working-class lives as adults, the meaning of returning to school and earning a liberal arts degree from an open-enrollment program, Harvard University Extension (HES), which is part of a selective, elite institution: Harvard University... --Abstract
Keywords: Adult education -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge -- Harvard University
|Dispelling the myth of the non-singer: changing the ways singing is perceived, implemented and nurtured in the classroom: a dissertation - Pascale, Louise M.|
Many American classroom teachers fervently claim not to be able to sing and are considered 'non-singers.' Studies reported here reveal a paradox : put in a context where singing is approached from another perspective, those same people can and do sing. How did they come to think of themselves otherwise? A close look at the terms 'singer' and 'singing' reveals the ways in which the meanings of these words are socially and culturally constructed.....
Keywords: Singing -- Instruction and study
|Imagining imagination: a phenomenological study of children's drawings of imagination: a dissertation - Callahan, Robert M.|
This study investigates imagination in children and presents research into the phenomenological study of children's drawings of imagination.
Keywords: Children's drawings -- Psychological aspects
|Aesthetics of listening: creating spaces of learning: a dissertation - Donovan, Lisa|
In this study with 9th-12th grade students in an urban Massachusetts school, I consider the question 'How can theater education develop a sense of voice and identity in adolescents?' Students in a drama class engaged in a variety of performance techniques including: interview theater, improvisation, and pantomime while considering the concept of voice/identity development. They then created an interview based script focused on an issue of their choice: the rules of the school and how they were e...
Keywords: Identity (Psychology) in adolescence; Drama in education -- Massachusetts -- Case studies
|Revitalization not retirement: a case for transformative professional development that echoes the voices of eight veteran literacy teachers: a dissertation - Johnson, Mary Ann|
This study investigated the way in which eight highly experienced literacy teachers learned to use formative assessment to guide instruction of a student at risk of failure in reading. -- Abstract
Keywords: Reading teachers -- In-service training; Literacy -- Study and teaching
|Transforming higher education through part-time faculty professional development that fosters flourishing: a dissertation - Thompson, Janet Lynn|
This qualitative study investigates the professional development experiences part-time faculty identify as positive. The purpose is to examine how positive professional development experiences inform part-time faculty's subsequent teaching, and what relational qualities if any are present in those positive experiences. --Abstract
Keywords: College teachers -- In-service training -- Case studies
|Stopping-out of college: the students' stories: a dissertation - Webber, Diane Simpson|
This study focuses on young adults under the age of 26 who enrolled in a 4-year college, left college, then later re-enrolled in either the same or different college... The participants of this study demonstrated that through the acts of asking and telling their stories, they could put into words how they made meaning of their experience. --Abstract
Keywords: College dropouts -- United States -- Case studies
|Meaning making and positive development with adolescent girls :using the arts, community, reflections, and service: a dissertation - Nagel, J. Eva|
This study explores the essential factors needed in adolescent youth programs, which intend to promote resilience, well being, and meaning making as a part of the healthy development of adolescent girls. The research explores the role of the arts, community building, mentoring, service, and reflection on this development. The context is Side by Side, a summer leadership development program. In a qualitative case study approach, the data is organized primarily from the written and spoken words of...
Keywords: Teenage girls -- Identity; Community arts projects
|What archetypes of representation do children between the ages of four and seven employ when creating route maps of familiar interior spaces: a dissertation - Price, Christine G.|
This study investigated the symbols of representation young children choose to incorporate when they draw route maps of familiar interior spaces, based on the premise that development of map-making skills might unfold in much the same stage-like manner as the development of the ability to draw the human figure. --Abstract
Keywords: Space perception in children
|Getting to the heart of mentoring relationships: a dissertation - LeDuc, Karen|
The purpose of this study was to understand how the mentoring relationship and its organizational supports help to inform mentoring programs in public schools. Mentoring is defined as a complex interaction between a public school teacher, the mentor, and a new-to-the-district teacher, the protege. The mentoring relationship is examined from the perspectives of the mentor and the protege. --Abstract
Keywords: Mentoring in education -- United States
|Mathematics, modeling, and modular curriculum in engineering retraining programs: a dissertation - Moussavi, Massoud|
The present study is an attempt to probe, explore, and provide an appropriate educational method for engineering retraining programs. The central concerns and implications of this study revolve around: who engineers are, how they learn, why they need to learn, and what they have to learn. The existing retraining programs also will be evaluated in order to develop a suitable retraining program for engineers...
Keywords: Engineers -- Training of
|Teachers' implementation of inquiry in elementary science education: a dissertation - Lawrence, Maria De Freece|
This research was an exploratory study of elementary school science education as implemented by five exemplary teachers in grades one through five, situated in four school districts of a Rhode Island Local Systemic Change initiative. This study sought to characterize the presence of inquiry-based teaching consistent with the tenets of constructivism and scientific inquiry as expressed in the book Inquiry and the National Science Foundation Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning (National R...
Keywords: Science -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Activity programs -- Research